Some people dread the word “healthy.” Being healthy shouldn’t be a chore, but more of a lifestyle. A healthy life starts with small choices. From your diet to your sleep schedule, it’s easy to be healthy. You are not alone because we’re all human. Everyone has a rest day and there is nothing wrong with treating yourself occasionally. So, start practicing these five healthy tips and you’ll thank us later…
- Drink more water
- Eat less sugar
- Cook at home
- Get 30 minutes of exercise
- Remember to relax
Drink More Water
Probably one of the simplest things you can do to start being healthier is drink water. Water will always hydrate you. Especially if you are an athlete or live in a warmer area, you need plenty of water. Water saves our bodies from cramps and heat stroke while flushing out impurities. Even some fruits and vegetables count toward your water intake, like cucumber and watermelon. Drink more water to start living healthier.
Eat Less Sugar
Drinks like tea are hydrating as well, but when you add sugar they are not as beneficial. Artificial sugars have little nutritional value. Over time, consuming large amounts of sugar increases your blood pressure and chances of heart disease. If you have a sweet tooth, try replacing cookies and snack cakes with fruit. The natural sugar found in fruit is fine and remember, fruit is also hydrating.
Cook at Home
Living healthy is all about taking control of your diet, sleep, and physical activity. Start taking control of what you eat by cooking at home. When you go out to eat or pick up fast food, there is no telling what exactly goes into your meal. When you cook at home, you use your own ingredients and control the portions. You can also customize your homemade dish by adding your favorite spices or toppings. There are always trending recipes or cookbooks available online.
Get 30 Minutes of Exercise
Our bodies want to be active. So, we recommend getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. The great thing is that you can get those 30 minutes done by doing your favorite activities. In the summer, go swimming for 30 minutes or in the winter, try a yoga class. Do what makes you happy and healthy. Regular exercise is good for your mental health, heart and body weight. If you have time to exercise more than 30 minutes, that’s even better.
Remember to Relax
Emotional stress causes physical stress too. Certain conditions like chronic pain syndrome or fibromyalgia are onset by stress and anxiety. So, learn to relax. Exercise is an excellent way to relieve stress while staying healthy. If you feel like your stress may be getting worse, talk to your doctor. Your physician can help you relax while treating any physical pain you may have. Another part of being healthy is recognizing when you need help.
Ask for Help
There are endless resources for starting a healthy life. Houston Physicians’ Hospital is proud to serve Houston, Webster, Friendswood, Pasadena and the surrounding areas with healthy tips. We are one of the leading hospitals in Texas and the entire country for patient care and satisfaction. Contact HPH if you have questions about living healthier or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians.